It started with a discussion about where would we find the most litter on our grounds. So we drew maps to alert each other to the ‘danger locations’ of rubbish. We also discussed why some substances were dangerous if left in the environment and what were the right choices if we found these items.
Games were played to encourage us to think up names for these locations and symbols designed to emphasize the potential hazards. These included poisonous berries, discarded plastic wrappers, bottles and pens, brick walls, open gates, car park, and so on.
The next step was to transfer our knowledge onto fabric and create a group map. The twig frames had already been secured with knots, so we all had a size to work with.
We worked in groups of about four and everyone was assigned a task; selecting the symbols, finding the natural materials, organising the design and finally, to attach the four corners of the map to the frame using the knots we had learnt. The maps were made in about 45 minutes. The results were impressive as you can see.
Displaying their work will encourage future discussion about this important topic.